First things first - the dinner went well and the beef was cooked well. Rib is one of the better cuts and for once I followed an Aga recipe exactly both for which shelf to put it on and how long to leave it. We had Yorkshire puddings with it and roast and new potatoes, along with mixed vegetables. For pudding we had a mixed fruit crumble - and then cheese and biscuits. We have just eaten up the left overs for lunch today. Lovely laughs and chats afterwards too.
Today the weather is awful, cold, sleet/snow and breezy. Not the kind of weather to persuade you to put your nose out of the door. The farmer was just right with his work this week.
During the awful gales of a couple of months ago the wind brought down a mature alder tree in our little wood. A couple of days ago the farmer went off with his chain saw and spent the day sawing it into chunks and piling them on to his trailer and bring them back home into the shed. Yesterday he sawed the chunks into manageable logs for the stove and stacked them up to dry.
Although we still have a dry wood pile we do have to remind ourselves that we are really only half way through Winter and we don't want to run out of wood, so this stack of drying wood is quite comforting. And the farmer got it in just right - before this wet weather set in.
Maybe we will get more snow. It is forecast for the high Pennines and we are really in the lower slopes, so it is anybody's guess. What is for sure though is that we shall not be able to compete with the Eastern States of America, where some places have had three feet of snow.
Our wood burner is lit and burning merrily and I can just see the farmer's slippers sticking out in front of it if I turn in my computer chair. Tess is laid out in front of it, full of offcuts from that joint of Beef rib. Looks as if all's right with the world.